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Frequency Asked Questions as at April 17, 2020

What is the Status of the 2020 Summer Courses?

The coming season remains a “Tentative Go”.  The word tentative is critical as we need to see how the virus situation evolves.

What Will the Final Decision Depend On?

1st and foremost will be a decision by Canadian governing authorities on the virus and relaxation of self-distancing rules. We will abide by Provincial and Federal guidelines and align with the BC Sail governing association.

We also have club-specific criteria in terms of minimum enrollment numbers and the availability of instructors and support staff.

When Will a Decision be Taken?

The decision point will likely be mid-June as we require 30 days to make support arrangements and prepare vessels/premises. This assumes July courses will launch (currently considered doubtful).

If we limit sailing to August (more likely), a decision can be deferred to July 1st.

What is the Current Canadian Situation on Corona-19?

As of April 17, 2020, the following measures are in force:

  • Travel: The border closure with the USA is likely to be extended to mid-May, Island Ferry services are reduced and domestic air travellers must wear face masks.
  • Canada is under a “stay at home” health guidance with mandated 2-meter (6-foot) distancing for any sorties (impossible in a boat).
  • Face masks are recommended for any public place visits and most islanders are self-isolating.
  • Part-time residents/visitors have been asked to stay in their home province and not visit recreational properties in BC.
  • Only essential services (for example grocery/gas stores) are open for customer visits under restricted-access conditions.

What Should Prospective Sailors Do?

Returning students should register on May 1st at Potential new students should register on May 15th at the same email address.

Given the uncertain situation, we will only require payment once a final decision on course prospects has been taken in June.

For details of course dates/costs please refer to the appropriate headings at the top of this web site.

Annual General Meeting on January19th, 2020

The Pender Island Junior Sailing Asociation AGM is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Sunday, Jan 19, 2020. The location will be the Pender Island Community Hall Lounge.

Below is the Agenda for this meeting as well as the Commodore’s Report covering the calendar 2019 season. A Board of Director’s meeting will follow immediately after the AGM.


Pender Island Junior Sailing Association


10 am  Jan 19th, 2020

Community Hall Lounge



  1. Welcome to Members.


  1. Approval of the Agenda


  1. Approval of the Minutes of 2018 AGM


  1. Report of the Commodore

Past year’s program


Boats and Engines

Better Financial Status


  1. Financial Report

2019 Statement

2020 Proposed budget


  1. Questions from the Membership


  1. Nomination Committee

7.1.  Nomination of Directors for a 2-year term


  1. Other Business


  1. Adjournment. Board Meeting to follow.

Directors and Nominations:

Directors fulfilling their 2nd-year term in 2019: John Ackermans, Margaret Alpen, Rick Mudie, Dave Reed, Don Williams

Nomination of Directors returning for a 2-year term: Allyson Coffey, Peter Hinton, Tim Underhill, Bob Vergette, Bruce Waygood

Nomination of new Directors for a 2-year term: Tom Caston, Bob Coulson.



 Commodores Report

 It was a busy year.  The newly acquired Pirate boats took more work to “assemble” than had been anticipated, but in general, they were an improvement on the Flying Juniors.  Our outboard motors caused a number of problems, leading PIJSA to purchase for 2020 a new 8Hp Yamaha motor and to retire the 2-stroke motor which produced too many noxious fumes.  PIJSA thanks Tom Caston for the loan of an outboard motor for one week. The seams of one of the red Zodiac’s bladders split, and it has been retired and replaced by a smaller and lighter used Walker Bay zodiac purchased on the Island. Another byte was acquired, and after the season, another Pirate boat has been donated to PIJSA.  Thus, no major purchases are anticipated for 2020.  While PIJSA incurred significant equipment expenses, fundraising and donations were very successful.

The biggest problem in 2019 was getting instructors for the Level 3 & 4.  For two of the 4 weeks, PIJSA could only offer “fun sailing” which was restricted to 5 students as one director had to be on the water for every student; an insurance requirement. Fun sailing was offered at a discounted rate ($50 less) as no instruction was provided. PIJSA started to look for 2020 Level 3 & 4 instructors in the fall of 2019.  Satya Underhill provided 3 weeks of Level 1 & 2 instruction and Tara Golonka the other week. Brooke Jungula and Kaiden Richardson provided a week each of Level 3 & 4 instruction.  All the instructors were keen and enjoyed by the students.  However, it became clear that the standards for passing the various levels have been tightened, and it will take many students 2 years to complete each level if they are not sailing in between the courses.  Despite the difficulties in being able to confirm the senior-level courses until the last moment, over 65 students participated.

Delivering the PIJSA’s program requires the contribution of the Directors and volunteers.  On behalf of the Board, I would thank the following volunteers: Tom Bon, Dennis Budnyk, Jerry Folk, Rob Gordan, Lani Harris, Mathew Hinton, Leone Mudie, Margaret Vergette, Ross Warneboldt, and Kate Waygood.

Delivery also requires money, and the following are acknowledge and thanked for their support; CRD, Tru-Valu, Boating BC, Nu-T-Yu, Port Browning Marina and Pub, Green Angels, Parks and Recreation (CRD), Pender Island Yacht Club, and Magic Lake Property Owners Society.



Hackers Tournament on Sept 21, 2019

In conjunction with Port Browning Marina, we are pleased to announce the Port Browning-PI Junior Sailing annual Hackers Golf Tournament. The fateful day is Saturday, September 21st and the weather looks to be co-operating, despite the current spate of moisture.

This is a shot-gun start Best Ball Tournament and participants may join as a foursome or PI Golf will arrange a foursome for you. All levels of swinging competence are welcome – lol.

Cost is $75 for 18 holes of golf and dinner, $55 for PIGC members or for dinner only which will be hosted by Port Browning Marina. Tickets are only available at the golf club.

Contact or (250) 629-6659.

We hope to see you on the links and/or for dinner! All proceeds go to Pender Island Junior Sailing.



2019 Registration Process

2019 Registration Process

Similar to past years, registration will be staggered to accommodate returning students/their siblings followed 2 weeks later by registration for new students.

  1. Registration for returning students and a sibling is May 1st.
  2. All other (new) students will be on May 15th.

We will again offer CANSail beginner course Levels 1 & 2 using Pirate-class training sailboats (similar to our old Flying Juniors) and advanced course Levels 3 & 4 using Lasers and a Byte.

The 2019 Course Dates are: July 15-19; July 29-Aug 2; Aug 5-9; Aug 19-23. All course levels (1-2-3-4) will be offered in each of the above weeks, providing maximum flexibility for our participants.

All students in Levels 1 & 2 must be at least 9 years old at the start of the course, and 12 years old for Levels 3 & 4. Adults are welcome. All students must be able to swim and will be tested.

Registration is a 3-step process for both the May 1st and May 15th registrations.

1) Notify by, the name of the student(s) immediately after 8 AM Pacific Time on May 1st/May 15th along with their course level, primary/secondary preferred week-date, and the email address of parent/legal guardian. As a backup, you can call Allyson Coffey immediately after 8:00AM Pacific Time at: (604) 220-7259.

2) Registration forms will then be emailed to above legal guardians for completion and returned to within 14 days.

3) We request that payment for the courses be made within 14 days of returning the registration form, which should be done shortly after Allyson has confirmed registration. Until PIJSA has received payment, the registration is not secure.

The 2019 course fee is C$175. Payment should be sent to our Treasurer – Rick Mudie –

  1. by e-transfer to [] or,
  2. by cheque left in the PIJSA folder at Dockside Realty (Driftwood Center) or,
  3. by postal mail to 2727 Anchor Way, Pender Island, BC V0N2M2 .

It is vital that individuals initially contact our Registrar at at 8 AM on May 1st/15th to confirm your registration and start the process.

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Fine weather ushered in our final day on the water for this sailing group. Their strong performance throughout the week allowed our instructors to challenge all sailors to a multi-leg race to/from Mortimer Spit as the “grande finale” to the week. To add some spice, Laser sailors were required to beach the boats, circling them on foot AND completely roll/right their vessels on the water.  It was destined to be a day of drama and fun, keeping our land-based Directors busy scanning the horizon while others manned our crash boat on the water. Things started with beach instruction on rigging a Laser II which, of course, our instructors snaffled as their preferred rig for the romp (providing them with an – ahem – slight advantage). Spectators enjoyed 10 boats mastering the breeze along some fine gymnastics to execute Laser rolls.

Friday PM #14 Friday PM #15

The race dispensed with, our hungry sailors arrived at Mortimer Spit for the traditional BBQ. They dispatched our goodies using the same precision targeting displayed in the race. “One up/one down” was the order of the day – keeping our parent and director volunteers more than a little busy satisfying pent up demand – lol. It was a fun filled hour where everyone gelled and relaxed before returning to the matter at hand … sailing in perfect weather in pristine waters.

Friday PM #10 Friday PM #6 Friday PM #7 Friday PM #9And sail they did! Often the end of the week leaves tired sailors slowly de-rigging boats and returning them to their base. This group was still rocking with juniors being introduced to the advanced Laser boats thanks to our more experienced sailors guiding them. The sailing continued into the late afternoon with boats beached long after our instructors had left to return to Vancouver Island. It was an unmitigated blast for sailors and spectators …

Friday PM #12 Friday PM #11 Friday PM #5 Friday PM #4 Friday PM #3 Friday PM #2 Friday PM #1 Returning Home with a Dry-Roll

Our sailors and parents have always been generous and fulsome with their praise for the efforts of the volunteer Board as well as our instructors. We were delighted when they handed instructors and the Board a card with well wishes at the conclusion of the week. Surprise turned to mild shock when our parents also donated funds to assist in refurbishing some of our boats. We will develop a work plan to put your generosity to best use over the winter! A huge thank you from all of us to each of you.

Thanks Thank You Cards

Day 3 – July 9th, 2014

Yesterday’s Boom mishap was soon rectified with the help of Director Bob who fixed our battered spar and returned it to the clubhouse the same evening. It sure felt stronger than new and made it through a strong wind day without a hitch.

Boom Stronger Than New

It was a sunny and blustery morning with a reported 40 knots in Johnson Strait not very far away. Fortunately Browning Harbour is protected on 3 sides, providing an ideal location for young sailors. We were probably running closer to a steady 10 knots close to shore and 15 further out in our anchorage, making for a lively yet controlled introduction for our students. Our flag flew proudly and despite the higher than normal breeze, all boats were fully crewed on the water.

Flag at 10-15 Knots  The Good Life at Speed

It turned out to be a supreme water day for everyone as winds tapered in the afternoon, yet stayed steady throughout the day. Judging by the squeals of delight we knew they were have a great time – managing their boats in lively circumstances. We never did get to see a boat dawdling as they all seemed to be stuck with a foot on the accelerator. The old adage that a sailboat spotting another sailor automatically transforms into race mode sure was true of our participants today!

Passby for Grandpa JimTogether for Once

Despite the boisterous water antics, lunch together followed by the finer points of instruction from Nathan provided the backdrop for the afternoon session back on the water. We suspect our students will sleep well tonight!

Lunch Hour Instruction on the SlateLunch TogetherDerigging

Day 2 – July 8th, 2014

Day 2 represented our capsize event. Traditionally held at the end of the course, Capsize Day has been advanced as kids self-confidence noticeably grows after a successful rescue. Instructor Nathan provided a demo, walked attendees through the steps, then assigned teams and circled in case of any needed assistance. Our students were troopers with the final group opting for a cold swim to the beach to bask in their success.

Final Capsize Instructions Capsize Team at Work

Nathan Back Upright Long Way BackIntrepid Swimmers

Among the more unusual events, one of the student Flying Juniors suffered a broken boom. Fortunately no one was hurt and our students enjoyed a free tow back to shore from the Instructor Boat. After their return to the lot, all returned to the water on the Instructor Boat at which point we adopted a cycle policy of mixing crews to ensure everyone had a full afternoon on the water. It was a happy example of quick recovery from a mishap and sharing of duties among participants to focus on the positives. Below is our boat back on shore with the broken boom which will be repaired tonight.

Brooken Boom


It was a pleasure to see the mixture of new and established skills. Dr. Don took the opportunity to escort a few of our newcomers on their own expedition across the waters. There is no better way of gaining confidence than in the hands of a pro! On the flip side, returning students were already self-launching their vessels on the 2nd day of activities.  Thanks to the returning crew of 8 veterans, most boats handled their beach launch with aplomb and zero fuss.

Dr Don with Newcomers. Self-Launching on Day 2

And on a lighter note – on this day of infamy where Germany humiliated Brazil in World Cup activity, our own shore activities were uprooted by a 4 legged ball-hogging thief. He was clearly the audience favourite on Pender – lol.

World Cup Ball Thief